I’m so very jazzed about Tait’s Vet. reports. All his reports came back better than I ever expected. All vital organs were functioning perfectly his CBC and chem. panel work came back as completely normal. Because of the raw diet, I also had Toxoplasmosis Titers test done for IgM and IgG. He is a specimen of health.
This morning I let him brings the calves out to pasture. He is still a bit tight, pushy and looking for an excuse to punish. Hopefully with work that will start being better.
Decided to be a little different this morning, used my pup K’ass to move the steers out to the pasture. This turned out to be more of a adventure than I envisioned! K’ass is a correct type gripping machine. She hits the noses perfectly if they are walking away from you. UMMMMM, like if you are trying to drive them out to pasture. Ok I know lets set them up for a fetch!! She has a perfect low on the hock heel grip also, great to run them right over you. In exactly NO time things are going to hell in a hand basket. “LIE DOWN K’ASS” hahaha she took a lie down. I caught her and put the little terrorist on a bailing twine leash. We calmly, methodically, drove the calves to pasture hahaha, GOOD GRIL K”ASS !!!
As soon as we got them into the pasture K’ass was put away and I brought Kane out. He calmly moved them pass the horses to the round bales. I also sent Kane tonight to being them back to the barn. He has been working so nice its almost scary.
Used Kiki to take the steers out this morning. The little Angus was coughing again so I gave him a booster of LA200. How long will this cough last, for crying out loud! I decided to leave him in the barn for the day with a big tom turkey for company
Once I got my chores done we loaded up and headed for Hope’s place. The snow is down and we are able to work sheep finally. I know it sounds kooky but I’m a little excited to get to some quality work into the dogs.
When we first got there Kiki was the only one off the leash, so of course she got to go first. Its been a long time since she has seen sheep so I was very pleasantly surprised when she did a nice wide and deep outrun. Kiki shows so much natural ability. She has always been just a joy to work. She just turned one year old the fourth of this month. I received a real blessing when she came into my life. I can only see her becoming better and better with miles.
Kane was the absolute gentleman today. He very efficiently drove the sheep through snow that they did not want to traverse. Remembered his wide and narrow flank commands. He did show a little rust but error on the side of reacting slow, instead of speeding up as per his usual self. When Kane is working for me using his brain and being a team member, he is totally awesome. Why the wolf comes out at times is still a mystery to me. He can bring down a sheep in a heart beat also can make cattle run/fight in the same manner. He was the Kane I love working today.
K’ass is a 6 month old pup. She has wanted to work since the moment she was born. She has herded ants in my pool room. She will watch the ceiling fans go around for hours, trying to figure out how to make them do her bidding with her eye. She is a bit strong eyed like her mom Tigr. Watching her work today on the sheep so reminded me of starting Tigr. Took K’ass straight to the pasture and cut her loose. She at first started right up the middle then zoomed out around her quarry. Once she got to balance she started them moving towards me. She was wearing the from behind to the edges to perfection. The moment the lead ewes acknowledged her presents she would switch directions and flank to the opposite side. I’m going have to keep her moving so she don’t start being sticky. Lucky I learned a lot about that from her mom. I didn’t work her to long , but she was pretty impressive in that short period of time.
Tait the old pro. What can I say about this wonderful dog. Ok so he was a bit rusty, so am I. He was full of energy, and needed new brake shoes today. He is a powerful dog and the sheep really would prefer not running in snow that’s above their ankles. They break through what crust there is and I’m sure they don’t to much care for that. So Tait and I could not drive a straight line today. He was back to his old habit of crabbing on me. Still I’m on to this habit and it’s something I can control. If I’m not careful he will crab around and set me up so he is fetching before I know what’s going on. Took me forever to figure out how he was doing this and how to cure it. Even without the precision lines we still were able to hit all the panels we attempted.
Good lord I love getting out and putting time one these dogs. I was also able to watch K’ass’s brother work. Yep she’s a terrorist and he is a little buzz saw. Holy smokes polar opposites. He showed very little eye working in a up-rite manner. A little tighter worker than K’ass. Sorry Hope I can’t remember his name tonight.